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If we have one for film, then we can certainly have one for books.

* = repeat

Italics and Bold = link to written book review


- A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (2006) - by David Griffith - 4/5

- A Soldier of the Great War (1991) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5


- Evangellyfish (2012) - by Douglas Wilson - 3/5

- Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist (1993) - by William F. Buckley, Jr. - 4/5

- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2010) - by Nicholas Carr - 4/5

- Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room (2012) - by Geoff Dyer - 5/5

- A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country (2012) - by Daniel Bowman, Jr. - 4/5


- Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) - by Carmen Callil, Nicholas Carr, Jane Davis, Mark Haddon, Blake Morrison, Tim Parks, Michael Rosen, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, MaryAnne Wolf & Mirit Barzillai - 3/5

- Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism (2011) - by Carl T. Bogus - 3/5

- Window Poems (1985) - by Wendell Berry - 4/5

- A Treatise of Civil Power (2007) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5

- Clavics (2011) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5

- Tenebrae (1978) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5

- Traveling At Home (1988) - by Wendell Berry - 4/5

- When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012) - by Marilynne Robinson - 5/5

- I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays (2008) - by Sloane Crosley - 3/5

- The Mystery Of The Charity Of Charles Peguy (1983) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5

- King Log (1968) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5

- A Moveable Feast (1964) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5


- How Did You Get This Number: Essays (2010) - by Sloane Crosley - 3/5

- The Orchards of Syon (2002) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5

- Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art (2012) - by Christopher Moore - 3/5

- Without Title (2006) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5

- Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ‘72 (1973) - by Hunter S. Thompson - 4/5

- Transformations (1971) - by Anne Sexton - 3/5

- They Eat Puppies, Don't They? (2012) - by Christopher Buckley - 3/5


- Is Sex Necessary?: Or Why You Feel the Way You Do (1929) - by James Thurber & E.B. White - 4/5

- The Sun Also Rises (1926) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5

- See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity (2011) - by Amy Frykholm - 3/5

- Every Riven Thing (2010) - by Christian Wiman - 4/5

- In Our Time (1925) - by Ernest Hemingway - 4/5

- The Triumph of Love (1998) - by Geoffrey Hill - 5/5


- The Torrents of Spring (1926) - by Ernest Hemingway - 3/5

- Pulphead: Essays (2011) - by John Jeremiah Sullivan - 3/5

- Evolving in Monkey Town (2010) - by Rachel Held Evans - 3/5

- Shadows on the Down and other poems (1941) - by Alfred Noyes - 3/5


- The Reagan I Knew (2008) - by William F. Buckley, Jr. - 4/5

- Freddy and Fredericka (2005) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5


- The Writer's Art (1985) - by James J. Kilpatrick - 4/5

- From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism (2011) - by D.G. Hart - 4/5

- Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement (2009) - by Richard Brookhiser - 3/5

- Socrates Meets Sartre (2005) - by Peter Kreeft - 3/5

- Enemies of the Permanent Things (1969) - by Russell Kirk - 5/5

- Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics (2011) - by Alisa Harris - 2/5

- The Lost Tools of Learning (1947) - by Dorothy Sayers - 5/5


- The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (1953) - by Russell Kirk - 5/5

- Living It Up At National Review: A Memoir (2005) - by Priscilla L. Buckley - 3/5

- Refiner's Fire (1977) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5

- Canaan (1997) - by Geoffrey Hill - 4/5


- The Idea of a Christian Society (1939) - by T.S. Eliot - 4/5

- No Place For Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? (1993) - by David F. Wells - 5/5

- The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1947) - by Carl F.H. Henry - 4/5

- A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy (2001) - by Harvey C. Mansfield - 3/5


- A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012) - by Rachel Held Evans - 4/5

- The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (1995) - by David F. Wells - 4/5

- Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) - by T.S. Eliot - 4/5

- Crowd Culture: An Examination of the American Way of Life (1952) - by Bernard Iddings Bell - 3/5

- How The Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security (2009) - by Victor Davis Hanson - 3/5

- Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative (2010) - by Carl R. Trueman - 3/5


- The Yellow Birds: A Novel (2012) - by Kevin Powers - 3/5

- Utopia of Usurers (1917) - by G.K. Chesterton - 3/5

- Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985) - by Neil Postman - 5/5

- Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (1998) - by Victor Davis Hanson & John Heath - 5/5

- The Whitsun Weddings (1964) - by Philip Larkin - 3/5

- Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World (2012) - by Craig Groeschel - 0/5

- Ripples of Battle (2003) - by Victor Davis Hanson - 3/5

- Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered (1967) - by Russell Kirk - 4/5

- In Sunlight and in Shadow (2012) - by Mark Helprin - 5/5

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I actually started something similar on Librarything. That site is having a challenge to read 75 books in 2012.

My journal, by months:


Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson 45stars.gif

The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright 40stars.gif

His Master's Voice by Stanislaw Lem 35stars.gif

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre 50stars.gif


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 40stars.gif

Ruth: The Story of God's Unending Redemption by Robert Wauzzinski 45stars.gif

Destination: Morgue! by James Ellroy 20stars.gif

Sociology of Higher Education edited by Patricia J. Gumport 30stars.gif

American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century edited by Philip G. Altbach 45stars.gif


Lush Life by Richard Price 50stars.gif

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. 50stars.gif

Prospects of Higher Educations: Globalization, Market Competition, Public Goods and the Future of thzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz by Simon Marginson 35stars.gif

River of Doubt by Candice Millard 40stars.gif

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson 30stars.gif


Summer Knight (Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher 40stars.gif

Ravenloft: The Tapestry of Dark Souls by Elaine Bergstrom 25stars.gif

The Habit of Being by Flannery O'Connor 50stars.gif


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 40stars.gif

The Angel on the Roof by Russell Banks 30stars.gif

Long Island Noir edited by Kaylie Jones 40stars.gif

Android: Golem by Mel Odom 40stars.gif


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson 40stars.gif

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver 40stars.gif

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet 50stars.gif

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld 40stars.gif


The Alienist by Caleb Carr 40stars.gif

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard 35stars.gif

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris 50stars.gif

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath 15stars.gif


All For the Union by Elisha Hunt Rhodes 40stars.gif

Burning Chrome by William Gibson 45stars.gif

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham 30stars.gif

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 — the Long Road Home by Joss Whedon 40stars.gif


A Sacred Voice Is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience by John Neafsey 35stars.gif

Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy L. Sherman 45stars.gif


Dracula by Bram Stoker 45stars.gif

Finding God Beyond Harvard by Kelly Monroe Kullberg 35stars.gif

Currently reading:

Anatham by Neal Stephenson

Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World edited by Samuel Shimon

He Shines In All That's Fair by Richard Mouw

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Andy Whitman wrote:

: Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year . ..

Um, libraries...?

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Andy Whitman wrote:

: Unemployed people can't afford 75 books per year . ..

Um, libraries...?

Okay, how about unemployed people shouldn't be reading 75 books per year. They should be spending more time looking for a job.

What about those of us who are independently wealthy and/or President of the United States?

(P.S. :twisted: I wish...)

That's just how eye roll.

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What about those of us who are independently wealthy and/or President of the United States?

I figured you were going to link the current president's reading list. (as of summer, so ... not so current)

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I wish I'd kept a reading journal since I was 12 or so. It would be a nice stroll down memory lane.

My reading time took such a dip when our twins were born in 2009, that I started tracking my books in the hope I could eke out 52 a year. I limped across the finish line that year, but my Kindle and frequent plane travel have made my goal much easier since then. It is with some shame that I admit to finishing books I would have abandoned otherwise so as not to have the time investment be wasted. (Sounds even worse in print).

Anyway, here's my list for January. The I listened to the Canin book on CD. Hope that's not cheating.

Jo Nesbo: The Devil's Star (2005)

Dan Chaon: Await Your Reply (2nd time) (2009)

Cormac McCarthy: The Sunset Limited (play) (2006)

Jo Nesbo: The Snowman (2010)

Lawrence Block: The Night and the Music (2011)

Allan Guthrie: Slammer (2010)

George Pelecanos: What It Was (2012)

Ray Banks: California (2011)

Walter Mosley: All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)

Ethan Canin: America, America (2007)

Kevin Roose: The Unlikely Disciple

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Dan Chaon: Await Your Reply (2nd time) (2009)

My wife listened to this on audiobook in December, and I listened as well. It was also my second time through. I loved the book the first time around, but enjoyed it even more since I was able to pay attention to all of the little details I might have missed on the first go. I really am convinced Chaon wrote a Lovecraft story without anything supernatural.

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This is beyond self-indulgent, but here is my list from 2011. Please be gentle. 2011 releases in bold. For what its worth, none were read in December, as I spent that month picking up OT hours and watching Breaking Bad.

Hampton Sides: Hellhound on His Trail (Book on CD)

Rafael Alvarez: The Wire

Bob Woodward: Obama's Wars

David Lipsky: And of Course, You End Up Becoming Yourself

Kurdo Baksi: Stieg Larsson

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (Book on CD)

Barry Hannah: Ray

Tom Rob Smith: The Secret Speech

Thomas Chatterton Williams: Losing My Cool

T. Jefferson Parker: The Border Lords

Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln (Book on CD)

James Hynes: Next

Ken Bruen: Rilke on Black

Lawrence Block: After The First Death

Ken Bruen: Nona

Neil Albert: The January Corpse

Peter Spiegelman: Death's Little Helpers

Arthur Philips: Angelica (Book on CD)

Fred Zackel: Cocaine and Blue Eyes

Charles Willeford: Poontang and Other Poems

Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore

Dave Zeltserman: Outsourced

John Williams: Stoner

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Beautiful Struggle (Book on CD)

Tom Franklin: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Michael Connelly: The Fifth Witness

Ed McBain: Hark! (Book on CD)

Earnest Hemingway: Men Without Women (Book on CD)

James McPherson: Antietem (Book on CD)

David Markson: Reader's Block

Ed McBain: Mischief

George W. Bush: Decision Points

Walter Mosley: When the Thrill Is Gone

Jon Clinch: Kings of the Earth

Rob Bell: Love Wins

Donald Miller: Father Fictions

Steven Pressfield: Do the Work

Brett Easton Ellis: Imperial Bedrooms (Book on CD)

Charles Willeford: Whip Hand

Loren D. Estleman: The Left-Handed Dollar

Lawrence Block: A Drop of The Hard Stuff

T. Jefferson Parker: Where Serpents Lie (Book on CD)

Edward Conlon: Red on Red

Rober B. Parker: Sixkill

Robert Harris: The Ghost (Book on CD)

Pete Dexter: Spooner (Book on CD)

T. Jefferson Parker: Black Water

Tom Shales: Those Guys Have All The Fun

Anthony Esolen: Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child

Hal Runkel: ScreamFree Parenting

Cormac McCarthy: No Country For Old Men (2nd time; Book on CD)

Thomas H. Cook: The Quest for Ana Klein

Steve Brewer: Calabama

Roger Smith: Dust Devils

Peter Matthiessen: At Play In the FIelds of the Lord (Book on CD)

Chester Brown: I Never Liked You

Dave Zeltserman: Dying Memories

Robert B. Parker: Appaloosa

Richard Stark: Slayground

Loren D. Estleman: Infernal Angels

Megan Abott: The End of Everything

Lawrence Block: Afterthoughts

Lawrence Block: Deadly Honeymoon

Dana Spiotta: Stone Arabia

Tom Rob Smith: Agent 6

Richard Stark: The Score

George Pelecanos: The Cut

Chester Brown: Paying for It

James Sallis: The Killer Is Dying

Drew Magary: The Postmortal

Don Winslow: The Gentleman's Hour

Michael Connelly: Suicide Run & Angle of Investigation

Lawrence Block: Getting Off

Chad Harbach: The Art of Fielding

Emily Gould: The Heart Says Whatever

Dave Zeltserman: A Killer's Essence

Lawrence Block: A Diet of Treacle

Michael Gilmour: The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

Ken Bruen: Headstone

Christa Faust: Choke Hold

Jo Nesbo: Headhunter

Michael Connelly: The Drop:

Chuck Klosterman: The Visible Man

Charles Ardai: Fifty to One

Julian Barnes: The Sense of an Ending

Peter Spiegelman: Thick As Thieves

Denis Johnson: Train Dreams

Scott Raab: Whore of Akron

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I'll try this, though I'm not going to get to anywhere near 75 books this year

January - February

REAMDE - Neal Stephenson

Skinwalker - Faith Hunter

The Odditorium - Melissa Pritchard


Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Big Leagues - Dirk Hayhurst

Still: Notes from a Mid-Faith Crisis - Lauren Winner

Bloodring - Faith Hunter

Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller


How to Save a Life - Sara Zarr

Blood Cross - Faith Hunter


The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers

World Leader Pretend - James Bernard Frost

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense - N.T. Wright


The Bone House - Stephen Lawhead

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball - R.A. Dickey

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu


Hooking Up - Thomas Wolfe

Desert High - Doug Van Pelt

A Hard Day's Knight - John G. Hartness


Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Mercy Blade - Faith Hunter

The Chosen - John G. Hartness

The End of Baseball - Peter Schilling, Jr.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts - Susan Cain

Seraphs - Faith Hunter

October - December

Host - Faith Hunter

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Foundation - Isaac Asimov

A Year of Biblical Womanhood - Rachel Held Evans

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Good idea, Jeremy. My journal may be quite slim, since the time spent reading work-related materials often dims my ardor for reading for pleasure. Anywho:


What It Is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes - insightful, eloquent semi-memoir by a Vietnam War Marine


1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large, by Wm Shatner - Proust it ain't, but it's made for entertaining and often laugh out loud listening as I make my rounds during the workweek

The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder, by David Thomson - aside from a couple of odd asides, some terrific film and sociological analysis

Ozu, by Donald Richie - superb


Slam, by Nick Hornby - the weakest book of Hornby's that I've read; then again, I'm not the intended audience

The Leftovers, by Tom Perotta - 1/3 of it, anyway; I found it surprisingly uninteresting

Kraken, by Wendy Williams - very interesting survey of what we know and don't know about cephalopods; I had no idea that octopuses by some measures are about as intelligent as dogs

Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest, by Michael Krasny - the author's a bit too much in love with his own words (and wordiness) for my liking, but overall, a sensitive and respectful meditation on agnosticism and faith

God is not Great, but Christopher Hitchens - brilliant writer; I feel his loss acutely


Hitch-22, by Christopher Hitchens

Life Itself, by Roger Ebert - great fun, with terrific insights and tales about the likes of Herzog, Scorsese, John Wayne, and Robert Mitchum

40 Days and 40 Nights, by Matthew Chapman - reportage on the Dover Intelligent Design trial by Darwin's great-great grandson - a terrific overview of the creationism-evolution battle, that manages to be laugh out loud funny, too


The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking - note to self, whenever I start thinking I'm pretty smart, just pick up a book by Hawking and try to understand 50% of it

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, by Allison Hoover Bartlett - excellent portrait of a sociopath (though the author seems curiously unaware of this)


The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan - soul-searching, at times heartbreaking, work of fiction that manages to immerse the reader/listener deeply into the psyches of multiple characters - amazing stuff

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline - fun sci-fi novel, big-hearted and full of 80's nostalgia - I loved it

Jesus, Interrupted, by Bart Ehrman


Duma Key, by Stephen King (audiobook) - first Stephen King in decades, very good

The Man from Beijing, by Henning Mankell - meh

The Sweet Life in Paris, by David Lebovitz - a fun cultural commentary by an American ex-pat dessert chef experiencing the quirks, exasperations, and delights of Paris

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

Where Men Win Glory, by Jon Krakauer

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline - this time on audio. together with my son on a roadtrip - great fun


Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese - magnificent Dickensian melodrama, wonderfully read for its audio edition


Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris

The Tennis Partner, by Abraham Verghese - my least favorite of Verghese's books, but a useful portrayal of addiction among physicians

Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens

Daemon, by Daniel Suarez - some interesting ideas, if only Suarez didn't write and develop characters a la Tom Clancy; and the ending was a dopey headscratcher


Trials of the Monkey, by Matthew Chapman

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen - superb in every way


The Greatest Show on Earth, by Richard Dawkins - excellent, readable overview of evolution


Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke - became nearly formulaic in the final hour of audio, but overall, a surprisingly eloquent, angry elegy for Katrina-era New Orleans

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- Akira Kurosawa


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Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Dunning, The Bookwoman's Last Fling (after dinner read aloud)

Hart, The Strategies of Zeus

Robinson, Home (after dinner read aloud)

Bissinger, 3 Nights in August

Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Nesbo, The Redbreast

Donoughue, Room (after dinner read aloud)

Levitt and Dubner, Freakonomics

King, Blockade Billy & Morality (after dinner read aloud)

Golenbock, Wrigleyville

Stegner, Crossing to Safety (after dinner read aloud)

Harbach, The Art of Fielding (after dinner read aloud)

Jacobs, A Year of Living Biblically

Heinlein, Have Space Suit Will Travel (audio)

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-from the film

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. The I listened to the Canin book on CD. Hope that's not cheating.

This librarian has ruled that it's not cheating.

If audiobooks were considered cheating, I'd never get any reading done.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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* = Reread

Bold = Currently reading


Miracle at St. Anna - James McBride 25stars.gif

The Road to Wellville - T. Coraghessan Boyle 35stars.gif

The Alienist* - Caleb Carr 35stars.gif


The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon 50stars.gif

The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson 45stars.gif


Memoir from Antproof Case - Mark Helprin 35stars.gif verging on 40stars.gif


The Hot Kid - Elmore Leonard

All the Pretty Horses*- Cormac McCarthy


The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy

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"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
Harold and Maude

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Moderators: any chance of sticking this thread at the top of the 'Literature' section, a la the Film Journals?


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Robinson, Home (after dinner read aloud)

Darrel, I'm curious to know what you thought of Home. Was it your first time through the book? The best place for a response would be the dedicated thread, if you feel like sharing.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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For ratings/reviews, see me on Goodreads.


North Toward Home, Willie Morris

Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, Douglas Wilson

Blue Nights, Joan Didion

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford


What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, Kevin DeYong & Greg Gilbert

What is Spiritual Warfare, Stanley Gale


Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, Kevin DeYoung

Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day, ed. Kevin DeYoung

Radigan, Louis L'Amour

King's Cross, Tim Keller


The Pastor: A Memoir, Eugene Peterson

Jesus + Nothing = Everything, Tullian Tchividjian

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs

Crazy Love, Francis Chan


The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

The Stranger, Albert Camus

A Praying Life, Paul Miller

I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen

Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, Doug Hill

Evangellyfish, Douglas Wilson


Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Whew! Started this in February!)

Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches, Graeme Goldsworthy

Wild at Heart, John Eldredge

If God Already Knows Why Pray?, Douglas Kelly

Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition, James K.A. Smith


The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Blaine Harden

Black and Tan, Douglas Wilson


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt

Fidelity, Douglas Wilson

Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture, Brian Cosby

Train Dreams, Denis Johnson

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

Life Itself: A Memoir, Roger Ebert

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen


The Mist, Stephen King

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teenagers, Paul David Tripp

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower

Lush Life, Richard Price


The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan

Republocrat, Carl Trueman

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, Steve Martin

Nine Horses, Billy Collins

The Good Life, Trip Lee

Thank You, Fog: Last Poems, W.H. Auden

Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff, Stephen Altrogge

Every Ghost Story is a Love Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max

Confessing Christ, Calvin Knox Cummings

Sula, Toni Morrison (audiobook)

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

How Children Succeed, Paul Tough

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Meria Semple


"But Don't All Religions Lead to God?", Michael Green

Norwood, Charles Portis

This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

Mortality, Christopher Hitchens

Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church, James K. A. Smith

True Grit, Charles Portis


The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers

The Meaning of Marriage, Tim and Kathy Keller

Tintin: The Shooting Star, Herge

Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson

My Ideal Bookshelf, Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount

The Dog of the South, Charles Portis

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